The film was produced to commemorate JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 20th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Hirohiko Araki's career as a manga artist. It was given a limited theatrical release in Japan starting on February 17, 2007. The film's home video release was delayed due to controversy surrounding the studio's previous adaptation and has since then been considered lost media.
A test pilot doubling as an announcement trailer for the film was shown at the 2004 Tokyo International Anime Fair. The animation and character designs are entirely unique to the trailer and were not used in the final product. Some scenes and characters, including Robert Speedwagon, were present but did not make it into the actual film.
Much like the film, the pilot had been considered lost media until September 14, 2019, when a Youtube User named MangoMation uploaded it to his channel with the description: "I found this pilot on an old DVD-RW, with the help of Notelu, who restored and upscaled the pilot: Notelu's Channel. A comparison of the raw file and the restored version of this pilot can be found here: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Pilot", which links to a restoration comparison.
Hayama, Jun Itoda, Araki, Kazuhiro Ozawa & Hikaru Midorikawa
This event was held on September 13, 2006 to promote the upcoming Phantom Blood PS2 game that was set to release on October 26, 2006.
Hirohiko Araki, Junichi Hayama, Hikaru Midorikawa, Jun Itoda, and Kazuhiro Ozawa attended this event, where it was revealed that the movie was currently being worked on. Hikaru Midorikawa, the voice actor of Dio Brando in the PS2 game, reprised his role in the movie. The comedy duo named Speedwagon, comprised of Jun Itoda and Kazuhiro Ozawa, voiced Wang Chan and Dario Brando respectively.
Those who were present at this event were given a sneak peek of a 47 second trailer as to what the movie was expected to look like. This exact trailer came on a bonus disc for those who pre-ordered the PS2 Phantom Blood game.
Two unused/rare posters were displayed in the hallways of this event, which weren't used for the final movie except in promotional material.
Uncolored Unused/Rare Poster that was present in Hallways of the PS2 Game Event
Colored Unused/Rare Poster, from an online blog that has never been seen nor used as the films final poster
When Will A. Zeppeli fights zombies at Windknight's Lot, he takes off his hat to throw at the zombies.
Will A. Zeppeli doesn't die to Tarkus instead he dies by Dio's freezing technique, from him creating an ice spike/pillar out of the ground and not flash frozen like Dire was in the manga.
The Rose on Will A. Zeppeli's jacket (seen in promotion material) was used in his fight against Dio, similar to how Dire spat a rose into Dio's eye like in the manga.
The scene where Jonathan is given Will A. Zeppeli's life energy happens within the Windknight's Lot Castle.
Will A. Zeppeli doesn't age, nor does his hair turn grey when he gives Jonathan his Life Energy.
Jonathan does not light his gloves on fire to counter Dio's freezing technique. He instead overcomes it by "powering up" during their clash.
The ship Jonathan and Erina board sails through the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic Ocean. This is an error as Erina is still rescued near the Canary Islands.
The baby Elizabeth is omitted from the movie. Instead, Erina enters the coffin without Jonathan saying anything. In the manga, she chooses to die with Jonathan but is persuaded after he asks her to save the baby.
The first incarnation of the website: Reportedly had an easter egg if you hovered your mouse over the stone mask
The Movies website, if you moved your mouse quickly over the screen Kanji would be displayed
A moving Stone Mask that acted as the websites loading icon
The header of an Official Movie Blog that was attached to the website
December 2006 Official Blog Entries
January 2007 Official Blog Entries
February 2007 Official Blog Entries
Movie's Official Blog image, of the Furnace Danny was burnt alive in
Movie's Official Blog image, of the Street Dio conducted the live test subject
Movie's Official Blog image, of Windknight's Lot
Front of B5 Movie Poster
Back of B5 Movie Poster
Metro Billboard Advertisement
Tickets Press had received to see an early preview of the Movie on February 12, 2007
Front of the Movie's ticket
Back of the Movie's ticket
Ticket stub you show to the theatre workers to watch the movie
A prize ticket that had 3 stamp slots, for each stamp you would get a piece of merch(?)
Back of the Prize ticket that had 3 stamp slots, for each stamp you would get a piece of merch(?)
A Premium Ticket in a sleeve that you could pay extra for, featuring art work of the Volume 4 Cover
The bottom of the Tickets Banner inside the sleeve
Back of the Premium Tickets sleeve
Front of a Mini Poster that was handed out when you saw the movie multiple times
Inside of the Mini Poster that was handed out when you saw the movie multiple times
Back of the Inside of the Mini Poster
Back of the Mini Poster
Main Promo Art Poster in the "Overdrive Omnibus" with Staff and Cast Credited
Main Promo Art
A rare Movie poster that was present at the Phantom Blood PS2 Announcement Event back in September 2006.
A rare uncoloured Movie poster that was present at the Phantom Blood PS2 Announcement Event back in September 2006.
A rubber Stone Mask Charm
A Bronze Statue of Jonathan that was available in only 70 units spread across Japan theatres where the Movie ran
Front of the Statue's box
Inside of the Statue's box
Packet of the Booklet that was handed out when you had Tickets to see the Movie, it consists of having Interviews and Concept Art
Back of the Booklet Packet
Front of the Booklet
Back of the Booklet, crediting Cast and Staff
Front of Promotional 2D Stone Mask given out with movie tickets for the film
Back of Promotional 2D Stone Mask given out with movie tickets for the film